information about
using marinol capsules1

MARINOL Capsules should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor and indicated on the prescription label.

  • Appetite Stimulation for Patients with AIDS: You will most likely start therapy by taking one 2.5 mg capsule twice daily, before lunch and supper. Your doctor may adjust your dosage to maximize the effects or decrease side effects.
  • For Nausea and Vomiting Associated with Cancer Chemotherapy: Your doctor will prescribe an appropriate dose for you. This dose may be given before and after chemotherapy for a total of 4 to 6 doses per day. Your doctor may adjust your dosage to maximize the effects or decrease side effects.
  • The capsules must be swallowed whole to work effectively. Do not chew or crush them.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT DOUBLE YOUR DOSE.

Important Information about Using MARINOL Capsules

YOUR DOCTOR HAS PRESCRIBED MARINOL Capsules FOR YOUR USE ONLY. DO NOT LET ANYONE ELSE USE IT. KEEP THIS MEDICINE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS. If a child puts a capsule in his or her mouth or swallows it, take the medicine away and contact a doctor or poison control center immediately.

Do not use MARINOL Capsules if you have a known sensitivity to MARINOL Capsules or any of its ingredients. It contains cannabinoid and sesame oil and should never be used by patients allergic to these substances.

Do not drive or operate machinery until you are sure how MARINOL Capsules affects you and you are able to perform safely.

While taking MARINOL Capsules, do not drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, or take other drugs that have an effect on the central nervous system (such as sedatives or hypnotics).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any other prescription medications or over-the-counter products you may be taking, as they could affect the way you respond to MARINOL Capsules.

Unless advised by your doctor, do not use MARINOL Capsules if you are pregnant or nursing.